Cities that aspire to a cosmopolitan reputation on the global stage need to build diversity into their winning formula. Along with efforts to sell their particular “brand” and to compete for investors, new industries or tourism, these cities are investing in welcoming strategies that can attract immigrant skills, talents, and energies. City leadership is essential in helping the wider community to support the idea that a vibrant economic, social, and cultural base can generate the quality of life that international populations seek, and all residents enjoy.
The Building Inclusive Cities (BIC) Learning Platform is anchored by a collection of essays by international experts on themes central to inclusive city-building, including the ten dimensions of inclusion indexed by the MyCOM diagnostic: economic, cultural, social, health, education, political, civic, spatial, the role of media and the general welcome ability of municipal institutions and public space. Each expert essay provides insight and analysis on building inclusive cities, what works, what doesn’t, the cost of exclusion, and include examples of good practice, policy recommendations, and resources for further learning and connection.
Building Inclusive Cities is a two-year project led by Cities of Migration at Ryerson University’s Global Diversity Exchange and supported by the Open Society Initiative for Europe, with Bertelsmann Stiftung and other partners. The project builds on the seminal research of the 11-city At Home in Europe Project (Open Society Foundations) and promising local integration practices identified under the central theme, Living Together, at Cities of Migration.